This article documents policy developments at local and national level in England that reflect a growing recognition of the role of housing and the built environment in promoting and maintaining mental health. It first considers the evidence for the housing disadvantage experienced by people with moderate and severe mental health problems and the negative impact of poor housing and neighbourhood circumstances on mental health. It goes on to explore the expansion in housing‐related support and housing‐based solutions in the 1990s, and the revived ambition to integrate housing with community care and community cohesion initiatives. It concludes by describing the work of the NIMHE housing reference group in co‐ordinating policy guidance, promoting positive practice in communication and co‐operation between housing and mental health services, and conducting research to fill gaps in current understanding.
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